EPL Soccer Picks: Match Day 20 Betting Preview & Predictions

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:17 PM GMT

EPL Week 20 looms on the horizon, set to ring in the New Year with a sure bang. Join us as we rundown through the complete soccer odds board and serve up choice soccer picks for must-spot games.

Week 19 Recap
After laying an egg in week 18’s 4-0 loss to Southampton, Arsenal bounced back with a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth. On the heels of the win, the Gunners moved to the top of the table on Monday, but with Leicester City and Manchester City yet to conclude their round of 19 clash on Tuesday it was but a tenuous hold on top spot

Tale told, Leicester City held Man City to a scoreless draw and salvaged the point to improve to 11-6-2 on the season and 39 points, tying Arsenal at the top of the table. Goal differential, however, has Arsenal holding on to first place.

Elsewhere, Tottenham held on to their spot amongst the Top 4 with a 2-1 win over Watford, marking their third straight win in domestic action. Manchester United held Chelsea to a scoreless draw at the Old Trafford, snapping a three-game losing streak, and Newcastle United slipped into the relegation zone behind a 1-0 loss to WBA.

Here we look at the entire Premier League slate for week 20, complete with soccer odds according to bet365. Below we serve up some choice previews and soccer picks for your betting thrills.

 

 

Arsenal vs. Newcastle United
Newly minted league-leaders Arsenal have what appears to be a straightforward clash before them against relegation-threatened Newcastle Uninted on Saturday. Indeed, they are the runaway favourites at home to win straight up across sports betting platforms, with soccer odds trading at -350 at bet365. Arsenal have won six of their last eight games with the other two featuring a draw to Norwich (away) and a 4-0 loss to Southampton (away). At home, they are riding an eight game undefeated streak since an opening 2-0 loss to West Ham United. Overall, they are 6-2-1 at home, which includes a three-game winning streak and outscoring opponents 7-2. By all accounts, the Gunners should win this and maintain their edge at the top of the table, but soccer bettors looking to bank on Arsenal are probably best served placing their soccer picks in other markets. Our top soccer pick here is to bet the OVER in total betting markets. The OVER 2.5 is trading at -225 soccer odds but bettors looking for better bang for their buck might fancy the OVER 3.5 at +125.

Soccer Picks: OVER 2.5 at -225 or OVER 3.5 at +125

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Manchester United vs. Swansea City
Manchester United snapped a three-game skid after holding Chelsea to a scoreless draw at the Old Trafford, but their woes are far from over. Not to mention, the pressure is still very much on Louis Van Gaal and his lads to pick up their form after slipping to sixth place in the table on the heels of week 19’s draw. Overall, Man United boast a modest 8-6-5 mark and 30 points, and a nine-point gap has now opened up between the Red Devils and the top tandem of Arsenal and Leicester City.

There’s still a lot of football to be played, but they’ve certainly taken a step back in the title race. They can’t afford any more costly hiccups if they hope to at least challenge for a Top 4 berth. By the soccer odds, Swansea City appears to be a straightforward clash for Man United. Matched at -200 soccer odds to win outright, it’s clear odds makers fancy the hosts to get back into the win column as they ring in the New Year. There’s just one tiny detail that appears to be overlooked in this soccer betting outlook: that is the fact that Swansea City have been a bane in Louis Van Gaal’s side since the Dutchman’s arrival at Man U.

The Swans are riding a three-game winning streak which includes a series sweep last season and a 2-1 win at the start of this season. You could say, the Swans have his number. Whatever it is about this matchup, it seems to suit them just fine, prompting us to question this rather lopsided soccer betting outlook. Granted the Swans are flirting with relegation and form is patchy of late, which is probably why their soccer odds are so bleak. However, they are a pacey group that can give the Red Devils something to think about and the Red Devils have been wholly off colour of late too. Simply put, we can’t skip the Swans on our soccer picks entirely.

Soccer Picks: Swansea City to win at +550 or double chance Swansea win/draw at +140

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Leicester City vs. Bournemouth
If there were any wonder whether Leicester City were the real deal, those speculations must have been put to bed behind wins over Chelsea and Everton and draws with Manchester United and Manchester City. Indeed, many soccer analysts and experts looked at this portion of the schedule as a potential stumbling block for the Foxes, a period when they could potentially be left wanting and exposing their campaign for the smoke and mirrors they had it to be. How can anyone question they are the real deal now, particularly after sending title favourites Man City from the East Midlands with just a point to show for their visit in week 19 of EPL betting.

The Foxes are slated to ring in the New Year against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. In three previous meetings, the Foxes are 2-1-0, with the draw coming earlier this season. In spite of their favourable head-to-head and their remarkable season, odds makers continue to undervalue the Foxes on the soccer odds board. They may be favoured to win this game but they are still priced on the long side of EVEN money at +105 Premier League odds. That’s just too irresistible for us.

Soccer Picks: Leicester City +105

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